8-The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Thursday, December 9, 1993
Sit in the word, sit in the dark.
Sit in meditation, sit in fight.
Choose your seat.
The Zen Buddhist Temple of Ann Arbor
The Zen Buddhist Temple of Ann Arbor "is committed to a relief of suffering and stress through the
cultivation of wisdom, compassion and peacefulness," explains Sukhah Linda Murray, resident priest
of the Temple (pictured center & bottom left). The temple is part of The Buddhist Society of
Compassionate Wisdom, a North American Buddhist Order founded by Zen Master Samu Sunim in
New York City in 1967. Located at 1214 Packard Avenue, the Zen Buddhhist Temple of Ann Arbor
offers many services, including Sunday meditations at 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., which are open to the
public. For the temple, the New Year is a time for making resolutions and it will hold a New Year's
service on January 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Photographs from top:
- The Shakyamuni Buddha - a symbol of the Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion.
- After meditation, Paramita Nathaniel Needle, temple resident, participates in the morning
chanting service. Paramita is a Dharma Student in the temple's Maitreya Buddhist Seminary.
* Silence is observed through many temple activities to nurture mindfulness and concentra-
tion. For instance during breakfast, silence is observed until tea is poured.
* Sukhah meditates at the morning service. Meditaton, at the heart of Buddhism, is the direct
path to freedom and enlightenment. Samu Sunim,orignally from Korea, explains, "Any
devoted and serious practitioner of Buddhist meditation will soon realize that one cannot sit
in meditation for long without accepting oneself fully and developing a positive attitude
toward one's life and the world. You learn to concentrate on the mind and to take care of this
present moment. This very moment is the most precious thing in your life and contains both
your past and future. Apart from this very moment, your life does not exist."
- Shoes placed carefully at Sunday's morning service. By peacefully removing and placing
shoes as soon as one enters the temple, one can begin to concentrate on the present moment.
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